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Tell The Good News With Thanksgiving

By Bonnie Ricks
( [email protected] ) Jan 18, 2006 12:36 AM EST

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, "Here I am, I have come9§9 it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.

Are you truly grateful for what God has done in your life? Can you list the times He has helped you through difficult circumstances? Can you name the changes He has made in you? Do you praise Him for all of your blessings, even when those blessings come in the form of trials?

If you answered all of these questions with an enthusiastic "yes!", then when was the last time you told someone about it? Okay, good! You shared your praises with your Sunday School class last week, and you told one of the girls in your Singles group about them only yesterday. That's good! Now, how many non-believers did you tell? Several different people, you say? Good!

Now, here's the trick question. When you described the situations, circumstances and outcome to your non-believing friends, did you tell the story the same way you did when you told your Christian friends? Do the non-believers know that you are giving credit to Jesus for the blessings? Or did you just tell them about the blessings without naming the source?

In this Psalm, David praises God for deliverance from his problems, then presents another problem and asks for deliverance from it, too. He then states that he has told everyone about how God delivered him. He shared his good news with thanksgiving, giving credit to God for being the source of the good news. Next time you share your good news with someone who is not a believer, be sure that Jesus gets the credit.

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